Printable / PDF-exportable quizzes

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas
The Quiz Build page provides quiz printing options. For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-08-21).

As an instructor, I want to be able to export a Canvas quiz as a PDF. This would enable me to easily print quizzes for the purpose of accommodation, for allowing a given student to take a quiz outside the timeframe established for the quiz for all other students, etc.


transferred from the old Community

Originally posted by: Pacific Union College admins

Special thanks for contributions from: Betsy Walker, John Louviere



Community Team Note: This idea remains open for voting. A virtually identical idea was moved forward for consideration in March:  Contrary to our customary practice, we are allowing both ideas to continue to move forward. Votes and feedback from both ideas will be evaluated.

New Member

Yes! This is a needed feature. As has been mentioned we have students with accommodations, and my district requires us to turn in a paper copy semester exams. It would be nice for those few paper copies not to be 30 pages...

New Member

Yes! We need to be able to print the quizzes.

Would also love a built in read aloud function for new quizzes. There are students that need read aloud accommodations and this is not a function with the new quizzes. 

a lockdown browser would also be VERY helpful

Community Participant

Please implement this soon! If we have this feature then we can use canvas as a question repository even if we mainly give paper tests.

New Member

This would be amazing!

Community Member

I want to be able to print the New Canvas Quizzes so that teachers can document a student's progress for Special Education Goals.  Screenshots are very time consuming.

New Member

Not only would it be helpful to have a simple way to print a quiz, but a way to print all the work that goes into a quiz bank is needed too. That would include all the hints for incorrect answers. Please work this out. 

New Member

Allow instructors to print an exam/quiz in a PDF or Word document. Similar to how quiz questions can be uploaded from a Word document. 

Community Participant

I don't see how this is still open for conversation.  The "conversation" started in 2015.  This is a needed feature.  We have students with screen time accommodations and can't take quizzes in Canvas. Please add this feature, Canvas!  OR explain why you can not add the feature and close a conversation that has been open for far too long. 

Community Member

Every academic term I have used Canvas, I have checked this conversation to see if it's moving forward to Development by Canvas. I'm astonished that it has not!  Please add this feature.

Community Member

Please make it easier to download/print from New Quizzes. Printing from the preview screen is cumbersome and messy. Students with paper quiz accommodations deserve better.

Community Member

100% Agree!  There are times where students have limited internet access at home, or their IEP (Individualized Education Plan through Special Education) that require them to have extended time, manipulatives, tactile, writing surfaces, etc... all which can be accomplished with printed versions of the same test that everyone else in class has access to.  

I would just like it if I could save them either as a downloadable PDF or Printable Version!  It would make some of my accommodations, modifications (or test makeups from previous grading terms) much, much easier! 

Community Participant

Printing a quiz would be a huge benefit to LD students or those challenged with access to the internet or technology.

Community Member

Totally agree!!!!

New Member

Our teachers request this function often. Would love to see it happen. 

Community Member

Seems like this improvement in accessibility would be hard to ignore.....

New Member

Is there a way Canvas can include "print quiz" under the "New Quiz" option selection?  It is available under classic quizzes.

New Member

I have a few students who are not allowed or do not have access to the Internet at home.  It is extremely tedious to print out each assessment / assignment page from the Canvas assessment creator.  If there was a way to export a .pdf file of each assessment / assignment that would be a game-changer.

New Member

As a math teacher, I find it essential for students to complete the work on paper before choosing an answer on the computer.  The transmission from screen to paper, back to screen is too much. To be able to have them complete their work on paper and then transfer is a must for us.  Right now we are screen shotting questionsand making a Google Doc... we shouldn't have to take those steps.

Community Contributor

We are in need of this same functionality!  I've been researching to find a way to help our teachers print New Quizzes.  We use Respondus 4 to print Classic Quizzes and that works fine.  It does not work for teachers that build New Quizzes since we can not export a New Quiz!  Please help!  Thank you! 


New Member

Support this change as necessary for students with accomodations.